Cooler weather is needed for specks

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Hello Folks,

If we are goin’ to have a speck season, we need some cooler weather to come our way. This summertime weather we are havin’ in November is unbelievable. I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some cooler weather. I know the specks are ready for some cooler water, as well.

Folks are catchin’ a few specks early in the mornin’ in Lake Woodruff and Lake Monroe. You need to get on the water early and drift with jigs tipped with a minner. The specks are in deep water where it’s cooler. If you can find a drop-off or a deep hole, drift over that area until you find some specks bitin’. You need to use brightly colored jigs like lemon-orange, chartreuse, or a lime-green with speckles.

Folks are also catchin’ some specks in the Harris Chain. Folks are driftin’ over the grass beds with jigs tipped with minner. Lake Griffin and Big Lake Harris have been the two best lakes to fish for specks.

The bass fishin’ on the Kissimmee Chain has been good early in the mornin’. Folks are catchin’ bass at first light on plastic toads, and frogs. You need to fish around the shoreline cover then move to deeper water once that ol’ sun gets up. Try and find some submerged hydrilla and eel-grass beds, and fish with slow-sinkin’ Senko-type baits. You can also try fishin’ with plastic worms or a Carolina-rigged plastic worm.

After bein’ off the water for the last couple of weeks, Rick and I did get on the water Saturday. We fished the Butler Chain at first light until about 2:30 in the afternoon. We caught and released 15 bass up to 3 lbs. We saw a lot of schoolers and it was just like old times when I first started fishin’ this chain.

The bass fishin’ on the Harris Chain has been good early in the mornin’ around the eel-grass beds and hydrilla beds throughout the chain. You can also catch some big fish by flippin’ the heavy cover with your favorite flippin’ bait. Junebug and shadow-blue with some glitter in it will get you a bite.

We have a new moon this week so the fishin’ should be pretty good this weekend. See ya next week.

Tip of the week: first light.